Babylon's Responsibility and Failure--Part 3
Feb 12, 2010
Babylon's long-term Cursed Time cycle began in Judges 3:8 with Israel's first captivity to the king of Mesopotamia (Babylon). It is not likely that anyone could make the necessary connections without an understanding of this Cursed Time cycle (414-year cycles).
I did not discover this cycle. It was discovered in 1946 by a man whose son, Lalo Cadona, began to teach about it in the late 1980's. I determined to check it out in 1991, so I spent a week in his home learning and asking questions that filled an entire notebook. Then I went home and read entire library shelves from the history section of the nearby university in order to see if these things could actually be proven by known historical data.
Out of this came my book, Secrets of Time in Prophecy, first published in a small format in 1992, and this was expanded in the year 2000 and given a shortened title, Secrets of Time.
There may be some who doubt that it can be proven that it was 2 x 414 years from Israel's first captivity until the fall of Babylon in 537 B.C. I can only refer you to the book. But when we break up the EIGHT periods of 414 years into two segments (2 + 6), it becomes much easier to prove the final six cycles leading to 1948. The fall of Babylon is a much more recent event in history, and many secular historians have arrived at the year 537 B.C. as the time of Babylon's fall. It is therefore a simple matter of arithmetic to calculate 6 x 414 years from 537 B.C. to 1948 A.D. Just add the two together and subtract one year (because there was no Year Zero).
6 x 414 = 2484 years
537 + 1948 = 2485. Subtract 1 from this gets us 2484 years.
In other words, the year 1948 was the endpoint of a very important Cursed Time cycle. It should have marked the end of Babylon's long-term reign over the nations. When the Israeli state was established in 1948, many prophecy teachers assumed that this was the start of a seven-year tribulation. War broke out immediately after their declaration of independence, and people were confidently predicting the second coming of Christ 3-1/2 years later, or perhaps 7 years later.
Of course, none of this happened. The prophecy teachers did not have enough data at the time to see that there were other things going on under the surface. They made many assumptions that proved to be untrue.
The primary false assumption they made was that the Jews were Israel. No, the Jews are the descendants of THREE nations that are important in biblical prophecy. The first is Judah, from which the term "Jew" is derived. The second is Esau-Edom, which was absorbed into the Jewish nation in 126 B.C. by forcible conversion. The third is Gog and Magog, that is the Khazar-Jewish people of southern Russia and Eastern Europe.
This third group of people converted to Judaism about 740 A.D., and the Jewish Encyclopedia has much to say about them. Likewise, Jewish author, Arthur Koestler, devoted an entire book about them.
We do not have the space to deal with all of these interesting histories here. This is a blog, not a book. But all are very important to the year 1948. The details are in my book, The Struggle for the Birthright. It is available for online reading free of charge.
The first factor that the prophecy teachers in 1948 did not understand is the Esau factor. In Genesis 27 we are told the sad story of how Jacob lied to his father in order to steal the blessing from his blind father (Isaac). Certainly, the earlier prophecy in Gen. 25:23 showed that Jacob (the younger son) would receive the Birthright, rather than Esau (the older twin). But that is no excuse for lying. Jacob obtained it in an unlawful manner, and this elicited a secondary prophecy to Esau from Isaac in Gen. 27:40,
"and it shall come to pass when thou [Esau] shalt have the dominion, that thou shalt break his [Jacob's] yoke from off thy neck."
In other words, the wrong that Jacob did to Esau would have to be made right at some point in the future. The Dominion Mandate would have to be given back to Esau for a season in order to allow God time to fulfill all things in a lawful manner.
But meanwhile, there was a blood feud between Jacob and Esau that continued for many centuries. It finally culminated in the war by which Judah conquered and absorbed the Idumeans in 126 B.C. In no way did this do justice to Esau, nor did it fulfill Isaac's prophecy to him. In fact, it had the opposite effect, because the Idumeans lost what little "dominion" that they had.
God often fulfills prophecy in unusual ways that are impossible to figure out far in advance. But God knew the whole plan from the beginning, even if men did not. The Edomite converts to Judaism became some of the most violent, rabid Jewish nationalists in Judea, and the first-century historian, Josephus, has much to say about them. They were a major cause of the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D., not because they fought AGAINST Jerusalem, but because they were Jewish nationalists provoking the Romans.
When the Jews were scattered, the Edomite converts soon became indistinguishable from the genealogical Judahites. The merger between Judah and Edom was complete.
Then in the 20th century a new movement arose called Zionism. It glorified the first-century rebels who had fought the Romans. It paid no regard to the laws of tribulation in the law of Moses, which said in Lev. 26:40-42 that captivity and dispersion would be reversed only when the people acknowledged their hostility against Yahweh. Neither could they truly worship Yahweh while rejecting the Son. 1 John 2:23 says,
"Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also."
Their hostility against the Son is self-evident to this day. Thus, it was not lawfully possible for Judah to be released from tribulation. But because the Jews were representing TWO nations, it was possible for Zionism to succeed because of Isaac's promise to Esau.
In 1948 Jacob was forced to give the Dominion back to Esau, and this included also the Fruitfulness Mandate of the Birthright. It was not because Esau was righteous. It was because Jacob had taken the Birthright in an unlawful manner back in Genesis 27.
So God arranged for the British to take Palestine in 1917, so that its flag ("Union Jack") would fly over Palestine until 1948. When Union "Jack" (Jacob) was taken down, the dominion returned to Esau, represented by the new Israeli government.
In this way, Isaac's promise was fulfilled, and Esau's representatives took the Dominion not only from Jacob but also from Babylon, for Babylon's time had also been completed in 1948. Likewise, the Latter Rain movement was raised up in 1948, divinely anointed to speak on behalf of the Church to bear witness to the Dominion of Esau.
The Latter Rain was prophesied on Feb. 12, 1948, and the Spirit of God began to be poured out two days later on Feb. 14. The prophecy occurred 62 years ago today. (We will have more to say about this 62-year cycle tomorrow.)
We know from the NT that the Sons of God are the true Birthright inheritors. They are the ones who will end up with the Birthright. But they could not inherit the Birthright until their final competitor had proven himself to be unworthy. Esau had to be given the Birthright until the law of the hated son was satisfied (Deut. 21:15-23).
Esau was "hated" (Mal. 1:3) in a judicial sense, so that he would come under the divine protection of the law of the hated son.
To be continued.
This is the third part of a series titled "Babylon's Failure and Responsibility." To view all parts, click the link below.
Dr. Stephen Jones